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Light Activity to Combat Obesity in Youth

By Shirley Eichenberger-Archer, JD, MA / March 19, 2024

Daily light physical activity among adolescents may prevent weight gain associated with major health risks in adulthood.

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Risk of Celiac Disease in Children

By Matthew Kadey, MS, RD / December 13, 2022

Higher blood levels of chemicals in pesticides, nonstick cookware and flame retardants may increase the risk of celiac disease in children.

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Trainer teaching strength training for youth

Strength Training for Youth

By Shirley Eichenberger-Archer, JD, MA / September 8, 2022

If you train kids, are you including youth strength training? Researchers share evidence-based benefits of training as early as age 5–7.

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Functional Training for Youth

By Shirley Eichenberger-Archer, JD, MA / March 14, 2022

Functional strength training for youth led to significant improvements in flexibility, stability, and functional movement and strength.

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Ultraprocessed Foods Hurt Nutrition in Kids

By Matthew Kadey, MS, RD / December 6, 2021

About 67% of daily calories come from ultraprocessed foods in American youths ages 2 to 19, according to a recent analysis.

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Exergaming for kids

Exergaming: Exercise and Fun for Kids

By Shirley Eichenberger-Archer, JD, MA / December 6, 2021

Parents may want to invest in exergaming programs, especially if their kids aren’t all that excited about fitness.

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Pandemic Pause and Youth Athletics

By Joy Keller / September 15, 2021

The pandemic paused play time for thousands of budding athletes, and it took a toll.

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Youth Fitness Gets Boost During COVID-19

By Joy Keller / March 4, 2021

The Cooper Institute now offers a free online tool for youth fitness, The FitnessGram Playground, to improve kids’ physical fitness and mental well-being.

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Resistance Training for Adolescents and Preadolescents

By Shirley Eichenberger-Archer, JD, MA / January 25, 2021

Resistance training improves BMI among youth and may improve blood pressure, according to a review study by Spanish and American researchers.

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Physical Literacy in Children

Physical Literacy for Kids

By Natalie Digate Muth, MD, MPH, RD / August 14, 2015

Health and fitness professionals are important players in a nationwide movement to promote and support physical literacy, which in turn will help to set the stage for a healthier, more active, more productive generation of children

hey’re doing either too little or too much.

For U.S. youth, that’s the stark paradox of physical activity. While
more than half of adolescents fail to accumulate the recommended 60
minutes of exercise at least 5 days per week (CDC 2015), many young
athletes are becoming specialized too early in life, which fosters a
culture of elite sports that discourages broad participation.

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